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'This was an attempted coup'

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Last year’s attack on the U.S. Capitol left five people dead and a country more divided. Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver was there on Jan. 6, 2021, and shares his thoughts on the state of democracy today. Plus, hear the latest COVID-19 updates from around the Kansas City metro.

On Jan. 6, 2021, pro-Trump mobs breached the nation’s capitol, forcing U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver and his colleagues to shelter in place. On the insurrection's one-year anniversary, the congressman reflects on the deadly attack and its effect on democracy with Steve Kraske on KCUR's Up To Date.

As COVID-19 cases worsen and hospitals warn of dire conditions, Kansas City Council on Thursday passed a mask mandate for K-12 schools while Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly instituted a new emergency order. We'll bring you the latest on COVID news from around the region.

Contact the show at news@kcur.org. Follow KCUR on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news.

Kansas City Today is hosted by Nomin Ujiyediin. It is produced by Byron Love with Trevor Grandin and edited by Gabe Rosenberg & Lisa Rodriguez.

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As a newscaster and a host of a daily news podcast, I want to deliver the most important and interesting news of the day in an engaging and easily understandable way. No matter where you live in the metro or what you’re interested in, I want you to learn something from each newscast or podcast – and maybe even give you something to talk about at the dinner table. You can email me at nomin@kcur.org and find me on Twitter @NominUJ.
As an on-demand producer, I am focused on using my skills and experiences across multiple digital applications, platforms and media fields to create community focused audio, video and on-demand products for KCUR Studios. The media that I produce aims to inform, entertain and connect with the Kansas City metro area as we continue to learn from each other. Email me at byron@kcur.org.